Quarter of young mothers face 'shocking' job discrimination

Quarter of young mothers face 'shocking' job discrimination

There’s a plethora of discriminatory acts being committed against young, pregnant women in the workplace, according to a new report.

The survey, from The Young Women’s Trust, found that two in five mothers, aged 16 to 24, were quizzed about their ability to manage both their work life and their children. Of the 300 mothers who were polled, most of them agreed that employers’ attitudes toward them played an important role in their job search.

Dr Carole Easton, CEO of The Young Woman’s Trust, commented, on the results of the survey, for The Courier: “The level of discrimination that Young Women’s Trust has uncovered against young mothers, who are in work or looking for jobs, is shocking.

“It is in everyone’s interest to help young mothers who want to work. As our findings show, young mothers have a huge amount to contribute to their workplaces, and many want to be financially independent and support their families.”

According to the publication, one in four women had their requests for flexible working turned down.

Easton added: “Tackling discrimination would benefit mums, businesses and the economy as a whole.

“Employers should value young mothers’ contributions to their workplaces and do more to accommodate them, including by offering more flexible and part-time working opportunities.”

Comments (1)

  • Lee
    Sat, 18 Mar 2017 7:58am GMT
    One in four turned down? This isn't discrimination, in fact one in three are turned down at the HR consultancy firm I work at. Their job role might not allow flexibility, a key account manager for example.

    Also if 2 in 5 are asked in interview, please identify those 120 ladies and tell them to lodge a tribunal against their employer. Automatic sex discrimination has happened. The employer surely will not be able to defend themselves as they most certainly will not have written that down in their interview scoring matrix.

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